June 2015 Archives
Just yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on the closing of all but 8 abortion clinics in Texas. This is very good, but it is also only temporary at this point. All the more reason we need to show our determination and defiance in the streets.
World Can't Wait urges you to join our Stop Patriarchy friends tomorrow,
Wednesday, July 1
1 Peter Yorke Way
Cathedral Hill, near corner of Gough and Geary
Office of the Archdiocese of San Francisco
U.S. policymakers sign paper calling for the division, destruction, and occupation of Syria. New Eastern Outlook reporter Tony Cartalucci dissects Brooking Institution's "Deconstructing Syria,"
On Sunday, June 28th, join Courage to Resist and the Chelsea Manning Support Network in this year's 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade!
March for our heroic WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning and show your support for whistle-blowers and government transparency.
In 2013, the Chelsea Manning contingent was awarded the highest honor, "The Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent". That contingent was the largest non-corporate group with well over 1,000 people! And last year, Chelsea Manning was honored as an official Parade Grand Marshal!
* Wave from the motorized cable car!
* Cheer on our Flash Mob Dancers!
* Help staff the Chelsea Manning booth at the TransMarch
Chelsea Manning Contingent Meet-up at 12:00 noon
Main Street, between Howard and Folsom, San Francisco
Please join CODEPINK and other activists in our growing resistance to drone warfare.
This month at Beale we invite fathers to speak out... Please join us if you can.
Even if that lawyer is a prosecutor. It is up to you, the non lawyer, to independently ascertain if it is really something you should be doing."
-- Dave comments on It's Not Torture If A Doctor Is In the House
A corporate lawyer with the Wall Street law firm Covington & Burling, Holder will be remembered for his timid defense of civil rights; his overseeing and even encouragement of the massive militarization of the nation's police forces; his anti-First Amendment efforts to pursue not just whistleblowers but the journalists who use them; threatening both with jail and in fact jailing a number of them (particularly in the case of whistleblower extraordinaire Edward Snowden, and WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange, both of whom reportedly face U.S. treason charges); and his weak enforcement of environmental protection laws...
Good riddance! says Dave Lindorff, editor of ThisCantBeHappening.
The USA Freedom Act takes attacks on civil liberties in the United States to a whole new level. Instead of celebrating a "small, first step" to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, we would do well to study facts of the matter that reveal the true intent of the legislation: codification of legal provisions that were formally illegal (making the spy program permanent), and coordination of phone data with other capture programs unaffected by expiration of the Patriot Act.
..what Congress did, and what it did not do earlier, changes very little - and nothing of cardinal importance. The main effect is to give the impression of change so as to release pressure for reform that might really be meaningful. The base truth is that everything that counts remains the same.
-- Michael Brenner, Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh
The main data-capture provision of the "Freedom" Act bans the government from bulk collection of phone data. Which would be great if it didn't compel phone companies to do it for them.
World Can't Wait rejects the USA Freedom Act which would transfer bulk collection of call-data records to phone companies to distribute to government spies "as-needed."
The compulsion to violate international standards of human rights rests on presumption of American exceptionalism -- that pursuit of U.S. affluence supersedes the interests of Humanity and the Planet.